Meet Dustin Galligan, our Machining Team Lead at our GWS-WI facility in Menomonee Falls. With over a decade of experience in manufacturing, Dustin joined the GWS Tool Group team as a CNC Operator in 2020, climbing to Shift Team Lead and now Machining Team Lead.

Dustin’s first job was in a small shop, working on a manual grinding machine. Dustin discovered his passion for tool grinding early on. His unwavering commitment to the craft led him through various roles and companies. However, during the pandemic, Dustin was working on the 3rd shift while his daughters were home from school. Dustin was eager for a change to a first-shift schedule and began his job search. When he found GWS, he knew the role was right for him and quickly became an integral part of the team.

Since starting as a CNC Operator, Dustin’s journey to his current role as Machining Team Lead is a testament to his hard work and growing expertise. In addition to keeping things running smoothly and making sure deadlines are met, Dustin plays a crucial role in coaching some of the new operators and lending a hand with any programming needs. Dustin is passionate about optimizing workflows and combining processes when able. One of the benefits of being part of the GWS team is the capability of a large manufacturing corporation, while still feeling like a small shop. If a job is requested, and our Menomonee Falls facility doesn’t have the capability to do it, someone in GWS can at our many other facilities. 

Beyond his professional achievements, Dustin takes immense pride in fostering a positive workplace culture. Dustin works closely with Patrick Quinn, the Director of Manufacturing at GWS-Menomonee Falls, who oversees the facility and production team. The two of them actively work to build a supportive environment rooted in accountability and teamwork. Having experienced firsthand the evolution of GWS’ culture, Dustin is dedicated to its growth.


Outside of work, Dustin spends his free time with his wife and two daughters. Even though the winters get brutally cold in Wisconsin, the family tries to stay as busy as possible during the summer! They own a camper on a permanent campsite, for a relaxing home away from home to escape to. The campsite is located in Lakewood, Wisconsin and they own a 6-seat ATV that they take on trails up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!

Dustin also enjoys hunting, specifically bow hunting for deer. He was able to get a few of them this year, and enjoys cooking them for his family! His favorite way to enjoy the meat he caught is when his wife makes a venison roast.

A fun fact about Dustin is that he grew up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and currently resides there. Dustin’s commitment to GWS means he drives an hour to work every day! He grew up in Fond du Lac, on his family’s dairy farm. He spent his childhood years helping around the farm, where the work never ends!

Interested In A Career At GWS Tool Group?

If you enjoy working with dedicated people like Dustin, consider applying to GWS Tool Group. We are always looking for talented and driven individuals to work at our facilities in Florida, California, Illinois, Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Canada. Browse open jobs here.